Low-carb Sausage and Cabbage Soup

Low Carb Sausage and Cabbage Soup

You wouldn’t think that such simple ingredients could create a soup that would pack such a punch like this one can – and its all thanks to the Poles who brought us delicious Kielbasa (a smoked sausage found in the deli meat aisle.) For my South African readers, these are what we have come to know and love as ‘Russians’. This recipe is a great example of what we refer to as Dirty Keto. Its a low-carb soup (only 10g carbs per hearty bowl)… but the small amount amounts of wheat and soy found in the sausages are considered highly frowned upon with the keto police. And they are correct, wheat is inflammatory and the Kielbasa itself is a processed meat. BUT …if you are not so strict and you are happy to give this a go on your low-carb / dirty keto journey, you will love the homely, hearty flavours the Kielbasa brings, along with the glorious flavour of smoked paprika. (Plus, its fun to be filthy once in a while….) If its not substantial enough as a main meal, serve it up with a slice or two of the Quick Chia Keto Bread.

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Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf
Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

I play around a lot with bread, and this was my latest attempt. The texture is great and you should give it a try at least once. Baked using bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), eggs, and a combination of almond and coconut flours – this bread took a few attempts to get me to this point. Since ingredients are pricey – and I want you to succeed first time – I encourage you to follow the recipe closely. The loaf (which you will notice is fairly small) will slice into approximately 8 mini slices, but the dense texture will make these rather filling. The macros are calculated per two slices of (35g / 1.2oz) each, so adjust accordingly. Enjoy topped with cream cheese or goat’s cheese and smoked salmon for a posh afternoon tea option, like I did here.

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Mixed Berry Coconut Crumble

Keto Mixed Berry Crumble
Keto Mixed Berry Crumble

A lovely, keto-friendly warm dessert to enjoy alongside pouring cream or my Keto Coconut Ice Cream. The sharp, tart berries shine alongside the coconutty flavour of the crunchy crumble. If you have 6 ramekins, you may be better off baking these in them (as opposed to one pie dish), which makes for easier serving. If you choose to do this, place all the ramekins onto a tray when baking to ensure safe removal from the oven. #SafetyFirst

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Posh Keto Breakfast

Posh Keto Salmon Breakfast
Posh Keto Salmon Breakfast

I would choose salmon over bacon any day! This bowl of goodness was inspired by a colleague (at my part-time gig at the Duck) who whipped this up one day after a few of the chefs missed staff lunch. I looked longingly at their bowls and realised this was the ultimate keto breakfast. The meal is filling and its likely to keep you satisfied well into the day. I used soft goat’s cheese, but if the idea of eating such a strong cheese in the morning makes you want to throw something at me, use full-fat cream cheese instead. (I made a note of those macros at the end.

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy

Pork Shank with Keto Mustard Gravy
Pork Shank with Keto Mustard Gravy

This recipe uses a beautiful, fresh (not cured) shank which you can get from your local butcher. (Be sure to ask him to score the fat for you.) I slow-cooked it in a casserole (covered with a well-fitting lid) in the oven, along with onions, garlic and stock. Afterwards, I made a gravy from the cooked down onions and juices, and cranked the heat up in the oven to puff that skin up for that all-glorious crackling. A 1kg /2.2lb / 35oz shank will sufficiently feed 4 people and should be enjoyed with my Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash, so that the accompanying mustard gravy – which really makes the dish sing – can be mopped up. Be sure to check out the Side Dishes option on the site and choose your favourite one to enjoy alongside it. The 11g carbs per serving includes only the pork and gravy on this recipe, so while this may seem quite hefty to you, why not save this Sunday roast to break your fast if you are intermittent fasting (IF).

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Poached Eggs on Spinach

Keto Poached Eggs on Spinach
Keto Poached Eggs on Spinach

A quick and easy breakfast idea to get some fibre and added nutrients into your morning meal. Baby spinach leaves –  when cooked well – are buttery and amazing, and I could have it with just about anything. Since many of my readers want more egg and/or breakfast ideas, I think this is a great option to post to make your brekkie a little more interesting..

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Keto Breakfast Muffins

Keto Breakfast Muffins
Keto Breakfast Muffins

These are quite similar to my Quick Keto Chia Bread recipe I posted last week, except I made these in ramekins which create perfect little muffin shapes (which I then sliced in half). This recipe will make 2 muffins and yield 4 slices, as pictured. The macros have been calculated per 1 serving (1 muffin cut into 2 slices). They can also be toasted by simply frying in a little olive oil. Top with a poached egg or butter and good-quality prosciutto, like I did on my Low-carb Prosciutto Muffins. Enjoy!

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce
Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is a great homemade sauce to use as a pizza base or to smother your meatballs over courgetti. (See my Low-carb Cabbage and Mince Rolls where I used the full batch.) The recipe yields a 500g / 17.6oz batch which will sufficiently feed 4 people as a ‘pasta’ sauce. (The macros have been calculated that one person’s serving will be approximately 125g / 4.4oz.) If you don’t need to use it all, you can freeze the remaining in handy batches. Don’t forget to stir in some dried oregano for an authentic Italian flavour.

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